Ipswich Town player came close to punching Norwich City supporter

Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt has revealed how he almost came to blows with a Norwich City fan during the pitch invasion after the Canaries' 3-1 win.

Hunt admitted he had to be restrained by his brother, Stephen, to stop him from hitting the fan.

'When I went out to warm up a couple of times, one of Norwich's older fans, mid 50s, was shouting abuse at me,' he explained in a post on beanbagsports.com.

'When the full-time whistle went, their fans invaded the pitch. As I walked across to applaud our fans I could hear him on the pitch shouting behind me. I thought, just give me one chance. I then thought, no, leave it.

'We owed it to the fans to applaud them and I threw my shirt into them. As I turned around, that guy was there. He was wanting to square up to me and I thought right, just hit him, just hit him as hard as you can.

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'As I go to flinch, a hand grabs me. It's Stephen. He says just leave it. I don't even know where he came from.

'That would have been the worst thing I could have ever done.'

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